So, when I made the healthy, homemade fish sticks for my last post, my meat-and-potatoes-loving husband was way more excited about the side dish: baked french fries.
He told me he showed my blog to a few of his friends and they were all asking for the recipe for those fries (seen in my last post, as a ‘supporting role’ in my fish stick photos).
So I decided I should do a separate post for the fries.
4 reasons why I make this side dish all the time:
1) it’s really easy
2) it requires only four main ingredients, and they’re all things I almost always have on hand
3) it satisfies any fast-food french fry craving without all the saturated fat, calories, and guilt
4) these fries are crispy, full of flavor, and absolutely delicious!
Here’s everything you’ll need – so simple!
Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F.
Then begin by slicing the potatoes.
First, cut them in half lengthwise.
Place the first half flat-side-down on the cutting board for stability.
Holding your knife horizontally, cut through the half lengthwise again.
Then cut quarter-inch-thick slices.
Toss them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Season well with salt and pepper.
Mince some garlic and add that.
Add some Herbes de Provence.
If you don’t already have Herbes de Provence, it’s a wonderful mixture of dried herbs to add to your pantry. It normally has dried rosemary, thyme, marjoram, savory, and fennel. It tastes amazing with chicken, pork, and roasted or grilled veggies.
Once you have it, you’ll find a million uses for it.
And it’s incredibly healthy. These dried herbs have tons of antiaging and disease-preventing antioxidants, tons of flavor, and no fat and (hardly any) calories.
Dried herbs like Herbes de Provence are super-concentrated with antioxidants. Some, like rosemary and thyme, have as many antioxidants as a small serving of blueberries or sweet potatoes!
Next, add some extra virgin olive oil, another healthy choice for your potatoes.
Extra virgin olive oil is full of unsaturated fats, and it’s been proven to help prevent heart disease and raise ‘good’ cholesterol levels.
Olive oil helps your potatoes turn nice and crispy and golden in the oven too.
Mix everything together with your hands until all the fries are well-coated with oil and seasoning.
Arrange the fries so they all lie flat on the baking sheet.
Bake them and then flip them over with a spatula or tongs.
Put them back in the oven for a few minutes more to make sure both sides are nice and golden.
When you remove them from the oven, immediately transfer them to a serving platter with a spatula or tongs.
Then grate some fresh parmesan all over the top.
The heat from the fries will melt the parmesan ever so slightly. Yum!
This is one unbelievably tasty dish.
The fries are really crispy and crunchy outside, with scrumptious, soft baked potato on the inside. So flavorful!
And the fresh, lightly melted parmesan takes things over the top!
These are so, so good, you’ll never feel the need to make a fast food pit-stop again!
Here is the complete printable recipe:
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 2 large russet potatoes
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F.
- Cut the potatoes in half, lengthwise, then cut into equally-sized, quarter-inch-thick slices.
- Place potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Season well with salt and pepper. Add garlic, Herbes de Provence, and olive oil.
- Mix with hands until all fries are well-coated with oil and seasoning. Arrange potatoes on baking sheet so they all lie flat.
- Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
- Using tongs or a spatula, flip fries and then place back in the oven for about 5 minutes more.
- Transfer to a serving platter and grate fresh parmesan over the fries while they are still hot from the oven. Serve.